Jan 27, 2013 7:00am EST
to be a problem. host: one of our callers earlier talked about the federal health-care law and how realistic is dealing with it -- how real estate is dealing with it. can you still hear me? we can still hear you, can you hear us? i think we are having some phone issues. we will see if we can straighten that out. in the meantime we will go to a few more calls. let us go to holbrook, massachusetts on the democrats' line. caller: and i am greatly pleased with the job the governor is doing. the only thing that comes to mind is the vacant senate seat. patrick should nominate martha kolbe who is currently a -- currently an attorney general in that state. host: we will go to diane. would you think is going on in south dakota? caller: there is a lot going on here. i have lived here since 1979. the economy here has changed since then. we are in a mild recession. one thing going on here in hot springs where i live is, and they are planning to close our va hospital here. that is a big issue for not only south dakota but wyoming, nebraska, north dakota. people come from all over montana to go to our va.
Jan 25, 2013 10:30pm EST
, the economy, healthcare, reducing the deficit, or addressing climate change. he is respected by leaders of the government, and if you add it all up, i think he is spent most of the last four years leading interagency meetings, hearing people out, listening to them, forging consensus, and making sure policies are implemented and everybody is held accountable. he always holds himself accountable first and foremost. it is no easy task, but through it all denis mcdonough does it with class, integrity and thoughtfulness for other people's point of views. he is the consummate public servant, he plays it straight and that is the kind of teamwork that i want in the white house. time and again i have relied on dennis to help in the outreach to our immigrant and faith communities. he understands that in the end our policies and programs are measured in the concrete differences that they make in the lives of fellow human beings and the values that we advance as americans. he insists on knowing for himself the real world impact of the decisions that we make, so away from the cameras without fanfare
Jan 21, 2013 7:00am PST
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Jan 22, 2013 8:00pm EST
understand it was the fastest growing area of spending, rising health-care costs. we need to change the way we pay for health care in this country so its value-based and no longer volume based. would that help improve the fiscal outlook if we could make that conversion to a different payment system? >> yes. i do not want to speak for my bosses. we are coming out with a report where we look specifically at this question. one of the areas we focus on, we have to look away from the payment system to a more orderly system and moved it away. we believe that will help control costs overall in the medicare area. that also, since 50% of health care -- i knew you were involved in that work. a comparable bowl record is coming up. i appreciated mr. brady's comment. moving to equality-based reimbursement system. that will be key to the fiscal outlook. there is a lot we could follow up on. thank you for this during -- hearing. >> recognized for five minutes. >> thank you. i have been listening to this testimony all afternoon and i have to say, i am embarrassed to hear some of the comments that have been